Penny Nelson, San Francisco, Los Angeles discussed on Morning Edition

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Is the California report im penny Nelson in San Francisco can I solved and solace in Los Angeles well after a nearly twenty year legal battle three lead paint manufacturers have agreed to pay three hundred five million dollars to California's largest cities and counties KQED is Angela corral reports the ten plaintiffs including the county of Los Angeles and San Francisco sued claiming the company's encourage the use of lead paint even though they knew it could poison children the settlement is with the Sherwin Williams company ConAgra grocery products company and and L. industries all of whom say they're pleased to have this long legal battle behind them the money will be used to set up local cleanup programs tailored to the needs of each community for the California report im Angela chorale and in the bay area of the city of Berkeley is voted to ban all new residences from using natural gas that means stoves and water heaters would eventually have to go all electric but it's not the only California considering kicking the fossil fuel habit when it comes to appliances as KQ Edie's Lawrence summer reports okay people really love their gas stoves so at Berkeley city council meeting on Tuesday councilmember Kate Harrison tried to change the minds by melting chocolate on an electric induction cooktop you will see when she plug this in that this produces no smoke no gases cooks incredibly quick Klay Harrison says almost a third of Berkeley's carbon emissions come from buildings soap starting next year new homes and small apartment buildings we'll have to use electricity instead of natural gas larger buildings will be phased in later electricity has a lower carbon footprint because a lot of it comes from solar and wind other cities like Sacramento in Los Angeles are also talking about moving away from natural gas building industry groups have pushed back saying Californians may not be ready to give up gas stoves just yet for the California report im Lawrence summer shifting gears now in two thousand and twelve California eliminated it system for tracking sexual harassment complaints in government that left a gap in the state's ability to monitor misconduct capital public radio Scott Reid has this investigation the me too movement exposed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in state government just how pervasive that's a question California officials wished they could answer here's a rain Ortega head of California's department of human resources when the issue was really at the height of interest last year there wasn't an ability to even answer questions about what the state's experience was that's because the state eliminated its system for monitoring harassment and discrimination complaints years ago amid budget cuts in government consolidation some say that's undermined California's ability to address misconduct it is unbelievable to me to think that when you consolidate state government the one thing that falls off the table is a tracking of sexual harassment Sir race is a former assembly woman who focused on sexual harassment prevention in office we shouldn't wonder why we're talking about the meat to movement and the legislature when they didn't make it a priority Reese introduced the law in two thousand four requiring sexual harassment training for all supervisors in state government and at larger companies in the private sector last year former governor Jerry Brown formed a working group that recommended California reestablish its complaint tracking system merry bell but here participated in the group she's like California's government operations agency since two thousand thirteen and was recently named president of the state public utilities commission she said the new system will launch early next year but simply having it in place isn't enough in your leadership has to use that information and make management decisions about I have X. amount of complaints coming in from that unit over there in my department what's going on in that unit she says that way the next time questions emerge about sexual harassment the state will be ready with answers for the California report I'm Scott rod in Sacramento California's iconic Joshua trees are facing extinction that's according to a new study from the university of California riverside plant ecologist Lynn sweet who led the research project that you see says the biggest threat to the trees is climate change you know if there's really no action on climate change under that hi carbon emissions scenarios you know very very reduced habitat for the Joshua tree sadly another threat to Joshua trees is fire increased industrialization has created smog that carries high amounts of nitrogen once that lands on the soil.

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